Caroline Kennedy's 'you knows' invite criticism, mockery

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Caroline Kennedy’s favorite verbal filler — “you know” — during her recent first interview is garnering some negative attention in her bid to be appointed a U.S. senator from New York, the AP is reporting.

In a 147-second stretch of the interview, Kennedy uttered the phrase “you know” 30 times — about once every five seconds.

You know, that’s a lot of “you knows.”  But, you know, saying “you know” a lot doesn’t have any bearing on what you know, you know?  You know what you know, you know?  It’s just that, you know, you don’t communicate it very well.  You know?

On the other hand, you know, being able to communicate well is, you know, a big part of being a senator.  Senators, you know, make big speeches all the time and, you know, sometimes people are listening.  So a lot of “you knows” might turn off some people, you know?

So, you know, that is a conundrum, you know?  But, you know, it shouldn’t, you know, necessarily reflect, you know, on her qualifications, you know, to be a, you know, U.S. senator.

You know?

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Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant

Carleton Bryant is the assistant managing editor for strategic planning and development/special projects for The Washington Times. He previously served as The Times' Metropolitan desk editor, Features desk editor and an assistant National desk editor, as well as a National and Metropolitan reporter. He currently writes a humor blog and weekly humor column — both titled "Out of Context" — ...

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